No Holly for Miss Quinn
Featured on Enya's 1991 album, 'Shepherd Moons".
The title of this piece, described by Enya's producer, Roma Ryan..........
"A partner piece to 'Miss Clare Remembers' (on the Watermark album). 'No Holly For Miss Quinn' was prompted by another Miss Read story. The idyllic descriptions of country and village life and the simple portraits of those who peopled such settings had appeal to Enya. In composing this music she recaptures the naivety and innocence of an age and place far removed from the whirl and pressure of our sophisticated society and suggests that we need to dip into that world from time to time."
Arranged by classical guitarist, Larry Beekman.......
Larry, I'm not going to record your entire book, but the arrangements are so good I'm having a hard time not always wanting to do one more!
This and many other fine arrangements can be purchased from Larry here........
He also has a number of books and CD's that you can buy from his website:
The main character in the book seems a wee bit like Enya herself.
From a review of the book "No Holly for Miss Quinn", at the "GoodReads" book site......
"The book is about Miss Quinn, a single, female, introverted secretary who rents a small cottage from a chatty and lonely landlady. As an avid and unashamed anglophile, I loved this book -- it's a gentle, enjoyable read where you follow the happenings in a little village in England: jumble sales, doctors who make house calls, thatched roof cottages, walks along country lanes, a 2-room schoolhouse, fireside visits with neighbors over tea, etc."
And a few notes on the author 'Miss Read'...........
Dora Jessie Saint MBE née Shafe (born 17 April 1913), best known by the pen name Miss Read, was an English novelist, by profession a schoolmistress. Her pseudonym was derived from her mother's maiden name. She began writing for several journals after World War II and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.
She wrote a series of novels from 1955 to 1996. Her work centred on two fictional English villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green. The principal character in the Fairacre books, "Miss Read", is an unmarried schoolteacher in a small village school, an acerbic and yet compassionate observer of village life. Miss Read's novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary. Miss Read is also a keen observer of nature and the changing seasons. In 1940 she married her now late husband, Douglas, a former headmaster. The couple have a daughter, Jill.
Her most direct influence is from Jane Austen, although her work also bears similarities to the social comedies of manners written in the 1920s and 1930s, and in particular the work of Barbara Pym. Miss Read's work has influenced a number of writers in her own turn, including the American writer Jan Karon. The musician Enya has a track on her Watermark album named after the book 'Miss Clare Remembers', and one on her 'Shepherd Moons' album named after 'No Holly for Miss Quinn'.
In 1996 she retired. In 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to literature. She lives in Berkshire.